Projects for Peace: The Vision of Kathryn W. Davis

"My challenge to you is to bring about a mind-set of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war."

Rebuilding the Ruins and Promoting Peace

Project #
644
Year
2012
Country
Sudan
School
Methodist University
Proposal
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Report
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Students
  • Nyoma Clement
  • Talata Evers
  • Joy Minalla
Article
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Rebuilding the Ruins and Promoting Peace

The young nation of South Sudan is burdened by extreme poverty and multiple challenges resulting from decades of violence and war. Nyoma, Talata, and Joy were once refugees of war in the Sudan region. They returned to South Sudan this summer to help build peace through education.

St. Joseph’s Secondary School serves 450 students with very limited resources. Nyoma, Talata, and Joy took on the job of renovating the unused school library. Working alongside student volunteers and school administrators, they repaired the roof, plastered walls and floors, built an outdoor study space, and stocked the shelves with textbooks and teachers’ guides. Once the library space was functional, the three students conducted workshops in study skills, leadership, and conflict resolution. They led teamwork and problem-solving exercises and gave seminars on the importance of women’s education. They firmly believe that only educated young people will have the tools necessary to rebuild the region and the will to peacefully coexist. With a new study space, new materials, and new skills, students at St. Joseph’s are much better equipped not only to face the future, but to shape it.